Monte Butler, PhD, MSW

Professor, Social Work and Social Ecology

Contact Information

Phone 909-379-7584

Department of Social Work and Social Ecology, Office 201F
Loma Linda University
1898 Business Center Dr., San Bernardino, CA  92408

Degrees and Certifications

  • PhD, Social Work - University of Utah, 2003
  • MSW, Social Work - University of Utah, 1990
  • Graduate Certificate of Gerontology - University of Utah, 1990

Areas of Specialization

  • Social work administration
  • Medicare

Current Research Projects

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Recent Publications and Presentations


  • Butler, M.D. Private-Pay (Opt-Out) Medical Services Contract. Noridian Healthcare Solutions. (October, 2023).
  • Butler, M. D. "The $74,973 question about Medicare." The Senior Scene (2023, February).
  • Butler, M. D. "Opt-Out Providers and the $74,973 Question." Idaho Senior News (2022, December).
  • Butler, M. D. "Opt-Out Providers and the $74,973 Question." Montana Senior News (2022, December).
  • Butler, M. D. "The $74,973 Question." Senior Reporter of OC (2022, November).
  • Butler, M. D. (2019) The $74,973 question: Are Medicare beneficiaries informed users of private medical care contracts? Journal of Gerontological Social Work 62(1), 4–15.


  • Butler, M.D. "Poverty and a Living Wage - Adding Things Up (Part 2)." Roy Branson Legacy Sabbath School. Loma Linda, CA. December 28, 2019.
  • Butler, M.D. "Poverty and a Living Wage - Adding Things Up (Part 1)." Roy Branson Legacy Sabbath School. Loma Linda, CA. December 21, 2019.

Community Engagement

  • Napa Valley College Human Services Advisory Board
  • ALDEA Treatment Foster Care Program "Foster Parent University," Volunteer Coordinator
  • Get Out the Vote: General Election and Shuttle Service Project
  • COPE Family Resource Center, Volunteer Home Visitor
  • Napa County (Child Protective Services) Citizen Review Panel
  • PUC Social Work Program Angwin Food Pantry, Founder and Manger (2006-2014)
  • PUC SDA Church Christmas Tree Family Project, Project Coordinator (2005-2013)
Dr. Monte Butler
Dr. Monte Butler
The Monte Butler way:

• Mental — social work/research, astronomy, quantum physics, physics of counter-steering two-wheeled vehicles, horology, and hard science fiction.

• Physical — road cycling, resistance training, muscle relaxation, stretching, walking, mountain biking, and doing my own yard work.

• Social — service, Pond Digger MTB Group, Psychology and Social Work Department Dream Team, my cherished life partner (Lisa), and two grown sons (John and Luke).

• Spiritual — exploration of theology, soteriology, theodicy, leadership in the Branson Legacy Sabbath School, and the acceptance of undeserved grace and forgiveness.